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Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia

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6.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture
Lembar, Fascinating Culture Of Lombok
This will be a true cultural experience. You will board your motor coach for the 45-minute ride to Banyu Mulek village, famous for handmade pottery.  Here you will take a cidomo ride (traditional horse cart) around the village to see the skilled villagers processing clay into beautiful export-quality pottery. At the local school, children are trained to make pottery from a very young age. A visit to a large gallery is included, where you can purchase finished products.  Your tour will then proceed to Narmada Water Palace. The centerpiece here is a large artificial lake whose shape resembles Segara Anak in the caldera of the Rinjani Volcano. It was built in 1805 by the Raja of Mataram after he became too old to climb Rinjani to deposit offerings in the sacred lake there. The replica of the volcano’s lake was a repository for the Raja’s offerings. Narmada’s temple, Pura Kalasa, is still used and the Balinese Pujawali celebration is held here annually. Lingsar, another large temple complex built in 1714, is the place of worship for Wetu Telu Islam. The Hindu temple is in the northern section and features a fountain. Continue heading north, as the road rises over two small hills offering a panoramic view. At Senggigi Resort, you will enjoy a sumptuous Indonesian buffet dinner served at an international restaurant inside the resort.  After dinner, in the central city of Mataram, you’ll stop to visit the famous pearl shops.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $169
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7.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

dining

essentials
Lembar, Sasak Tradtional Village & Kuta Beach
Central Lombok is home to traditional Sasak villages. You’ll pass beautiful scenery of rice fields and palm trees, and stop at Banyu Mulek—famous for handmade pottery to see the skilled villagers processing clay into beautiful export-quality pottery. At the local school, children are trained to make pottery from a very young age. A visit to a large gallery will be included, where you can purchase finished products. Continue on to Sade village to view traditional Sasak houses, each house contains an interior platform, raised about a yard off the ground, which is made from a mixture of clay, dung, and straw. The surface is eventually polished to a high gloss finish, and the roof is made of thatching, with bamboo or palm walls. Sade is also home to the traditional bonnet-shaped rice barns—lumbungs—which are an iconic symbol of Lombok. Kuta Beach offers the best seascape in Lombok and an Indonesian buffet lunch will be served here at a beautiful tropical resort. Free time will be available at the resort, so relax and enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool or the crystal-clear blue water of the beach. On your return to port a stop will be made at Sukarara, a village known for it stunning Ikat and handwoven fabric.

Please note:   Bring your swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring local currency.


price $149
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

beach
Lembar, Sekotong & Cocotinos Beach
Travel to Sekotong for a taste of local life before relaxing on beautiful Cocotinus Beach. You will have a 30-minute drive to Sekoton where you will tour a grass roof factory, where the island's thatched roofs are woven from alang-alang grass and rice straw. Then it’s a short drive to Cocotinue Beach, considered one of the island’s finest beaches.  You will have about 90 minutes of free time to swim in the warm crystalline waters of the Lombok Strait, sunbathe or comb the white-sand beach. Additional activities are available at your cost.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, swimsuit, towel and local currency.


price $89
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Loh Liang, Komodo National Park, Indonesia



4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

unesco

beach
Loh Liang, Komodo National Park & Pink Beach
Tendering from the ship you will arrive at the Komodo Jetty which is the headquarters of Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world-renowned wildlife island of Komodo is the desolate domain of a fierce and very rare species of reptile that bears the look of a prehistoric dinosaur and is appropriately called a Komodo Dragon.  Once ashore, you will be met by a local tour guide to begin the walking expedition of the island. Traveling in small groups with the guide and a park ranger, you will make your way along paths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands to the viewing point. This first-hand look at Komodo will also serve to acquaint you with other notable species that inhabit the island, as well as the rich surrounding marine environment. Informative commentary will be happily provided by expert guides. You will then walk to the concreate pier to board a local wooden boat that will transfer you to Pink Beach. The snorkeling is excellent. Colorful crinoids, nudibranchs, giant clams, turtles, corals of numerous shaped and size, and multitude of reef and pelagic fish inhabit reefs which are within easy swimming distance of the beach and the diving around Komodo is some of the best in the world, especially for seeing soft corals. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, swimsuit, towel and local currency. Snorkeling gear will be provided.


price $149
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2 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

walking

unesco
Loh Liang, Komodo National Trek
Tendering from the ship, you will arrive at the Komodo Jetty which is the headquarters of Komodo National Park. The world-renowned wildlife island of Komodo is the desolate domain of a fierce and very rare species of reptile appropriately called a Komodo Dragon.  A clear indication of Komodo National Park's biological importance is its ranking with UNESCO as both a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve. The Komodo Dragon is thought to be the remnant of a once widespread ancient order of monitor lizards. Today, fewer than 300 of this protected species remain and its continuing existence hangs in the balance. Often measuring up to 11 feet in length and weighing in at over 300 pounds, this ominous looking creature, with its sharp, saw-like teeth and menacing eyes, leaves a lasting impression on all who have had the opportunity to see it up close. Living on deer and wild pigs that inhabit the island, it is surprisingly agile when covering short distances and is a good swimmer. Once ashore, you will be met by a local tour guide to begin the walking expedition of the island. Traveling in small groups with the guide and a park ranger, you will make your way along paths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands to the viewing point. This first-hand look at Komodo will also serve to acquaint you with other notable species that inhabit the island, as well as the rich surrounding marine environment. Informative commentary will be happily provided by expert guides.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and local currency.


price $115
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Ende, Flores, Indonesia



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Ende, City Tour & Lionese Village
Your tour will start with a visit to Panca Sila Square to see a big breadfruit tree, under which Soekarno  the former Indonesian President often sat working on political ideas to lead Indonesia to independence. It was here that he created the current Indonesian State philosophy of Pancasila. Next on to Bung Karno Museum, the old house occupied by former Indonesian President Soekarno during his years of exile. Most of the old furniture is still there. Re-board the bus and drive to Rada Ara Village. The road to the village offers breathtaking views of mountainous areas dotted with fertile tropical trees such as palm, cocoa, banana, and bamboo. The village is located on a quiet hillside with amazing natural surroundings.  Here you will meet with the Lionese people who still strongly adhere to their traditions.  Upon arrival, the Villagers will give you a warm welcome and perform a traditional dance. Local women will be at work weaving the traditional Lionese ikat. You will see the process from dying to weaving and the ready-made ones will be on display, available for purchase. On the way back to port a stop will be made at the traditional market of Ende, a bustling area filled with many kinds of local product, fruits, vegetables, and Ikat weaving.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals, sunscreen, a hat, and bring local currency.


price $99
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8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

culture

dining

essentials
Ende, The Three Color Lakes
Travel by local non-air-conditioned bus through beautiful landscapes ascending to the Mount Kelimutu. On the way a stop will be made at Detusuko for toilet break and refreshments. Kelimutu is famous for the unique three colored crater lakes.  These lakes change colors from time to time, and nobody can explain why, but stories vary from a changing mineral content of the water to angry ancestor spirits.  Whatever the reason, Kelimutu is certainly a highlight for anyone visiting Flores! The first lake is named Tiwu Ata Mbupu (lake of the ancestors' souls); the second is named Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (lake of young people’s souls); and the third is called Tiwu Ata Polo (lake of evil spirits). Stop at the first viewing point and then continue walking up to the second viewing point that offers an amazing view of the Three Color Lakes. Lunch will be served in the picturesque village of Moni, ringed by volcanoes and dotted with rice fields before your scenic drive back to the ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals, sunscreen, a hat, and bring local currency.


price $159
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Makassar, Indonesia



7 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

culture

essentials
Makassar, Highlights Tour
Cultural experience, ancient historic charms, forts and buildings, architectural, history and interest, this tour has it all.  You will visit Paotere Harbor, a place to anchor the phinisi, the famous traditional Buginese schooners. These highly seaworthy ships are famous for their ability to cross the Pacific Ocean all the way to the African Coast. Then it’s a 30-minute drive to Fort Rotterdam, also known as Benteng Makassar, a 16th century fort built by the 9th king of the great Kingdom of Gowa. Its original name was Benteng Panyyua, but was later changed to Fort Rotterdam after the Gowan King conceded this building to the Dutch. Spend 90 minutes touring here before your 30-minute drive to Pantai Losari. Sunsets in the Makassar Strait can be viewed from a promenade at Losari Beach, Jalan Penghibur, or the Paotere anchorage at the north end of the city where Bugis schooners are berthed. Across the harbor is Kayangan Island, which can be reached in 15 minutes by ferry. You will have time for a meal and to shop and mingle with the locals here.

Please note: The weather is hot and humid. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Wear a hat and adequate sun protection. Bring local currency.


price $159
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Palawan Puerto Princesa, Philippines



6 HRS

Moderately
easy

snorkeling

dining

beach

boating
Puerto Princesa, Active Honda Bay Island Excurstions
Here is an adventure for snorkelers in some beautiful waters and one of the best snorkeling sites in the area because of the well preserved coral reef and diverse marine life. Your waiting van will take you on the 45-minute drive to Honda Bay where you will be provided with snorkeling gear and snorkel in a marina sanctuary that’s home to awesome coral reefs, a startling variety of fish and even starfish!. You will spend an hour snorkeling in Pambato Reef before boarding your boat to spend two full hours exploring Isla Pandan waters. Enjoy this delight half-day at the beach.

Please note: This tour is only recommended for guests who are active swimmers as currents can be strong at times. Be sure to wear your swimsuit and proper beach shoes. Avoid touching the reefs and bring your sunscreen, insect repellent and a towel. Lunch is included on this tour.

price $179
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3.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Puerto Princesa, City Countryside Tour & Wet Market
This tour will provide a cultural experience you will long remember. It is especially designed for those who would like to enjoy the countryside without traveling too far. You will board your waiting van for the short ride to the Palawan Museum, which is housed in the old City Hall building and has exhibits about the ethnological and archaeological significance of Palawan. Then back into the van for a 30-minute ride to Binuatan Creations, a delightful weaving and gift shop that uses indigenous materials to create its crafts.  A 5-minute ride will take you to the Butterfly Garden. Here you will see an amazing variety of tropical free-flying butterflies surrounded with live exhibits of their natural predators like lizards, mantises, and scorpions. Your next stop will be Sta Monica Viewpoint where you will make a photo stop before heading to your Wet Market Tour where you will see locals selling different kinds of fish (fresh and dried) as Palawan counts seafood as its major product.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat or visor and sunglasses.

price $139
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Princesa, Full Day Private Van & Guide
This tour will include an English Speaking Guide. Private tours are recommended for guests traveling in groups. Itinerary and activities can be adjusted with the tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the requested duration. Entrance fees and snacks are not included.

Please note: This tour is especially recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Puerto Princesa, Half Day Private Van & Guide
This tour will include an English Speaking Guide. Private tours are recommended for guests traveling in groups. Itinerary and activities can be adjusted with the tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the requested duration. Entrance fees and snacks are not included.

Please note: This tour is especially recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $299
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7 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

unesco

sightseeing

boating

dining
Puerto Princesa, Underground River Tour
Recognized by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was established in 1971 primarily to protect and preserve the old growth forest, fascinating wildlife, pristine beaches and one of the most amazing cave systems in the world.  Your air-conditioned van (6-7 guests per van) will take you on a 120-minute ride to the Sabang wharf where you will board a motorized boat for your 15-minute ride to the National Park.  You will then board another boat for a 45-minute river cruise inside the cave and see spectacular limestone mountain landscape and is the habitat of numerous endangered and endemic wildlife species. You will see mangroves, sea grass beds, and 11 scientifically unique minerals plus a 20-million-year-old Serenia fossil embedded in the cave wall. Then proceed to the Sheridan Beach Resort for lunch and free time before traveling back to your waiting ship

Please note:  Wear light clothing and slippers or aqua shoes, environmentally friendly insect repellent, a towel and a raincoat.  There will be a wet landing upon arrival in the park; so expect to get wet from splashes of water. There is a good chance of seeing wild monkeys and bats in the National Park area. No food or snacks are allowed in the park.  Lunch buffet is included with one beverage included. You can go for a swim in Sheridan’s Beach during the lunch stop, time and water condition permitting. It is highly recommended to bring change of clothes for your comfort.


price $199
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Boracay, Philippines



3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Boracay, Motag Living Outdoor Museum
Here is a cultural experience that is interactive for you as well. You will depart from Cagban via speedboat that will take you to Caticlan Jetty port where you will board an air-conditioned mini-bus for the 15-minute ride to the Motag Living Outdoor Museum. You will learn about the richness of Philippine history and culture as local folks show you the lifestyle of rural Aklanons in the past as well as the present. You will see a carabao carriage, tour inside Bahay Kubo (local hut), see demonstrations of rice planting and harvesting, weaving of coconut leaves, and how tobacco is made. You can ride a water buffalo, will be entertained with local songs performed by the village elderly and have snacks and local delicacies.  Then you will return to your waiting ship. 

Please note: Bring local currency, sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, a hat, extra clothes and a towel. After the tour, you will be back in the port, and you will have time to enjoy the beach on your own.


price $169
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

beach

essentials
Boracay, Newcoast Beach Experience
Get away from the crowds of other beach resorts in the area and have yourself a relaxing afternoon at Savoy Hotel Boracay, a private resort hotel nestled in the heart of Boracay Newcoast. Experience a smooth transportation along the streets of the island via the first e-jeep (electric-powered mini vehicle) from Cagban Port on a 45-minute ride to Savoy Hotel. Swim and sunbathe with utmost privacy and enjoy a relaxing drink at the pool bar. Before heading back to the ship, you will have a chance to drop by at D'Mall area for shopping, or you may just opt to walk along the white beach strip of Boracay Island and watch the sunset. 

Please note: Bring your sunscreen, swimsuit, sunblock and hat. Towels will be provided in the hotel. Shuttles will be readily available for you at any time if you wish to go to the beach from to the pool area or vice versa. Use of toilet facilities, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, sun loungers is included.


price $139
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Coron/Busuanga Island, Philippines



3 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

outdoors

essentials
Coron, Coron Island Tour with Maquinit Hotspring
The tour will start at the pier where you will board an air-conditioned van for the 10-minute ride to Coron Town.  Your first stop will be at San Agustin Church. This church was founded on 1901 and is the only Catholic Church in the town.  Next you will head to the Municipal Plaza & Lualhati Park. Lualhati Park is known as Coron Boulevard. It is the local version of the Bay Walk of Metro Manila situated where you can see the beauty of the Coron Bay. Your last stop in Coron Town will be the Wet Market where locals sell different kinds of fish (fresh and dried) and souvenir items. Visit Lita Escardo Cashew Store "Coron Harvest" on the main road, the largest cashew retailer in town.  At the back of their house is a small factory, which you will visit and see how the cashew nuts are processed. You can buy different cashew products from plain, garlic, sugar coated and salted flavors. Your next stop will be the main highlight of the tour - The Maquinit Hot Springs. It is very popular and a not-to-be-missed attraction in Coron. This magnificent hot spring site is situated right amid the beauty of a hillside area. It is the only saltwater hot springs in The Philippines. The pool is completely filled with salt water coming directly from a nearby mountain. The temperature of the water varies from 86 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Initially you may feel the water is too hot but once you get accustomed to the temperature, it becomes very soothing and relaxing and is said to have therapeutic properties. The site is surrounded by mangroves and rocks making it a delight for eyes. Before proceeding back to pier, you will pass by a small fishing village to walk and interact with the locals and witness how they process their catch of fish which is one of their main sources of income.

Please note:  Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and insect repellent.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $110
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6 HRS

Strenuous

boating

snorkeling

dining

beach

hiking
Coron, Kayangan Lake & Siete Pecados
You will meet your guide at the pier to board local outrigger boats for the 15-minute ride to Kayangan Lake. This excursion will allow you to come up close to the limestone cliffs of majestic Kayangan Lake. Siete Pecados is a cluster of seven islets. It is one of the best snorkeling spots in Coron and rich in marine life, corals and wide variety of school fish. Kayangan Lake is said to be the purest lake in the Philippines. A great challenge lies ahead in order to reach the lake. You will need to climb 150 steps to get into the opening of a small cave and there you can see the impressive view. Then you will need to go down 150 steps to access Kayangan Lake. Once you see the lake you will be awe with its crystal clear water. The lake’s water is a mix of salty and fresh water. The lake is wide and deep, so you will be required to wear a life vest for safety purposes. Spend an hour at the lake swimming or snorkeling. Then walk back up the steps and down the steps to board your boat for the 15-minute ride to Siete Pecados for another hour of snorkeling and swimming. You will visit Banol Beach, which is a small stretch of sandy white beach surrounded by a majestic backdrop of limestone cliffs. Swim in its aquamarine and turquoise waters that is very relaxing to the senses. In this stop, you will enjoy a sumptuous local seafood and barbecue picnic lunch prepared especially for you. You will have a free time to enjoy the beach after lunch.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking/water shoes. Bring sunscreen, towels, and a hat.  Local picnic lunch is included, please inform your Destination Services Team of any dietary restrictions. Bathroom facilities are limited and are only available at some stops. Snorkeling spot may change due to weather condition.


price $169
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

boating

snorkeling

refreshments

beach
Coron, Panoramic Coron Island Tour By Boat
Conducted in a motorized boat, with guided commentary, the excursion will allow you to come up close to the limestone cliffs of majestic Kayangan Lake, and have a relaxing panoramic sailing around Coron Island passing and cruising through Siete Pecados, Kalachuchi Beach, and Kayangan Lake entrance and surrounding cliffs. Cruising will continue to Vivian Beach, Barracuda Lake entrance, Twin Lagoon entrance, Twin Peaks Reef, and finally you will have a chance to snorkel at the Smith Coral Garden area (water conditions permitting; if not your local guide will pick a suitable snorkeling location) for half an hour.  Next stop will be at Atuwayan Beach for a short stay to enjoy swimming in the pristine waters and a walk on the  white sandy beach. Local snacks will be served on the beach.

Please note:  Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snorkel gear, and insect repellent.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with mobility issues.


price $149
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Coron, Private Outrigger Boat
This tour will include an English Speaking Guide. Itinerary and activities can be adjusted with the tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Snacks are not included. Most of the beaches and snorkeling stops in Coron are privately named and owned, charges may apply and it is not counted in the booking price.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking/water shoes. Bring sunscreen, towel, and a hat.  Minimum of 2 / Maximum of 6 passengers.


price $399
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Manila, Philippines



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Manila, Charms of Old Downtown Manila
Your first stop will be at Rizal Park which was named after National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Across the monument, you’ll see a marble marker designated as KM 0 for road distances on the island of Luzon and the rest of the Philippines. Then your tour will continue to Quaipo Church, famous for the Black Nazarene, a life-size image of Christ believed to be miraculous. Around the church is a fascinating gathering of vendors selling candles and curiosities like amulets and folk cures for obscure ailments. Next stop will be at Old Intramuros built by the Spaniards and home of the elite during that long period of Spanish colonization in the Philippines. The battle for the liberation of Manila in 1945 during World War II left the area in ruins. Stop at San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church that withstood heavy bombardment during the 2nd World War. Your last stop on this tour will be Fort Santiago, one of the oldest forts in Manila. It was here that Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous “My Last Farewell.” You will then return to the pier to board your waiting ship.

Please note: Bring sunscreen and wear a hat. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Duration of the tour may be longer depending on traffic conditions in Manila.


price $99
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Manila, Half Day Private Car & Guide
This tour will include an English Speaking Guide. Private tours are recommended for guests traveling in groups. Itinerary and activities can be adjusted with the tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the requested duration. Entrance fees and snacks are not included.

Please note: This tour is especially recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $399
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Manila, Half Day Private Van & Guide
This tour will include an English Speaking Guide. Private tours are recommended for guests traveling in groups. Itinerary and activities can be adjusted with the tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the requested duration. Entrance fees and snacks are not included.

Please note: This tour is especially recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $429
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Manila, New Metropolis Tour
Your tour will start with a running tour along Roxas Boulevard, passing thru Rizal Park and Monument, CCP Complex-PICC, Coconut Palace, Manila Film Center,and Macapagal Boulevard toward Edsa to McKinley Avenue in Forbes Park Makati. First stop will be at American War Memorial and Cemetery, with the largest number of graves of any cemetery of U.S. personnel killed during World War II and holds war dead from the Philippines and other allied nations. Continue the tour to Ayala Museum that features 60 handcrafted dioramas that chronicle the rich tapestry of Philippine history and one-of-a-kind boat gallery showcasing miniatures of some of the watercrafts that contributed to the development of Philippine maritime trade and colonial economy. Duration of the tour may be longer depending on traffic conditions.

Please note: Bring sunscreen and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes.


price $229
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7 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Manila, Old & New Metropolis Tour
Your first stop will be at Rizal Park which was named after National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Across the monument, you’ll see a marble marker designated as KM 0 for road distances on the island of Luzon and the rest of the Philippines. You will take a short walk to the exact spot where Rizal was executed.  Then your tour will continue with an overall view of old downtown Manila passing by Planetarium, National Museum, Manila City Hall, Jones Bridge, and Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch towards the Binondo area referred to as the local "China Town."  You will stop at Old Intramuros and then past Casa Manila for another stop at San Agustin Church to take photos.  You will proceed to Fort Santiago, one of the oldest forts in Manila, passing by Plazuela Isabel and Manila Cathedral on the way. At Fort Santiago you will watch a 12-minute documentary and take a tour of the fort. Then you will head to the Handicraft Center for souvenir shopping. From there you will head to the Ayala Museum for a tour of the 60 dioramas that chronicle the rich tapestry of Philippine history and see the miniature watercrafts of Philippine maritime history. Your last stop will be in Makati Shangri-la Hotel for a buffet lunch at Circles Events Cafe.

Please note: Bring sunscreen and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes.


price $229
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Manila, Tombs and Traditions of Manila
You will depart from the pier for a tour of downtown Manilla.  You will pass the Planetarium, the National Museum, Manila City Hall and head over the Jones Bridge and past  Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch to Binondo, a typical small Chinese town, referred to as the local "China Town."  This district is the center of commerce and trade for all types of businesses run by Filipino-Chinese merchants.  It is also famous for wholesale stores and restaurants serving top rated Chinese dishes. You will see the Binondo Church founded in 1596 on your way to the Chinese Cemetery. The Manila Chinese Cemetery is the second oldest cemetery in Manila and was designated as the resting place for the Chinese citizens who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period. The dead were buried in fully functional houses with bathrooms kitchens, bedrooms and often air conditioning. Tomb houses of the Chinese Cemetery have front doors that are locked. Every tomb is unique, every tomb has its story to tell, and you can easily spend a lot of time exploring this fascinating place. You will then head for La Loma, where you will see a narrow road lined with rows and rows of roast suckling pig or lechon cooked over live charcoals. You will make a photo stop and head for Quiapo Church, famous for the Black Nazarene, a life-size image of Christ believed to be miraculous. Around the church is a fascinating gathering of vendors selling candles and curiosities like amulets and folk cures for obscure ailments. 

Please note: Bring sunscreen and wear a hat and comfortable walking shoes.


price $89
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Hundred Islands, Philippines



2.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

watersports

outdoors

boating

essentials
Hundred Islands, Island Escapade and Panoramic Tour with Governors Island Stop
Hundred Islands National Park, in Alaminos City is one of the most interesting destinations and the setting of popular water recreational activities such as snorkeling, kayaking or just plain basking under the sun in one of the three developed islands. The Hundred Island tour will include a ride in a motorized banca as you cruise different islets. Once your ship anchors near Quezon Island, tenders will shuttle you to Quezon Island where you will board an outrigger motor boat to begin your island tour. For the next 45-60 minutes you will tour and pass through Canal Grande, Clave Island, Children’s Island, Cuenco Island/Tunnel, Pilgrimage Island, Braganza Island and you will stop at Governor’s Island and take a walk going up to the peak with its fantastic view.  Another stop will be at the Pilgrimage Island home of the 55-foot statue of Jesus Christ the Savior. Spend some time at Quezon Island where you can kayak, swim, try fish feeding at the marine sanctuary or view the giant clam sanctuary. Acoustic singer and folk dancers will entertain you while on the island. Other activities include snorkeling and ziplining. 

Please note: Going up to the peak has concrete stairs involved, and it is optional. You have an opportunity to swim during the stop in Governor and Pilgrimage Island if you wish. Water shoes are highly recommended for wet landings. Please bring your camera, towels, and local currency if you wish to purchase some local snacks and souvenirs. After your tour, you will go back to Quezon Island for the Windstar Signature Beach Barbecue.

price $125
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Hong Kong, China



5.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating
Hong Kong Highlight Tour with Airport Transfer
You will depart  from the pier by motor coach, accompanied by an English-speaking guide and head for Hong Kong Island crossing under Victoria Harbour by tunnel.  Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a 20-minute sampan ride here, and a brief stop at one of the city’s jewelry workshops for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of their goods. Refreshments are offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great, inexpensive knock-offs of designer goods before your transport to the airport.

Please note: There are 3 steps to board and disembark the sampan which does not accommodate wheelchairs.

price $179
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

boating
Hong Kong Highlight Tour with Hotel Transfer
You will depart  from the pier by motor coach, accompanied by an English-speaking guide and head for Hong Kong Island crossing under Victoria Harbour by tunnel.  Head up to Victoria Peak by funicular tram for a breathtaking view of the harbor and Kowloon. You’ll drive past Repulse Bay to the southern side of the island, with panoramic views of one of Hong Kong’s most popular and beautiful beaches, along with the beautiful hotel that has long been a landmark. Next, you will continue to Aberdeen where fishermen and their families live on thousands of junks and sampans. Enjoy a 20-minute sampan ride here, and a brief stop at one of the city’s jewelry workshops for you to see the wonderful craftsmanship of their goods. Refreshments are offered in the exclusive showroom. Continue to the small village of Stanley and Stanley Market, famous for its clothes, furniture, souvenirs and great, inexpensive knock-offs of designer goods before your transport to the hotel.

Please note: There are 3 steps to board and disembark the sampan which does not accommodate wheelchairs.

price $159
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